' December 2012

December 2012

I was pleasantly surprised to wake up two Sundays ago to read an email from a cousin in NY informing me that The San Francisco Chronicle selected the 2009 HEADWATERS as one of the Top 100 Wines in 2012. Rather than rank the wines 1-100, the editors of the wine section choose their favorite West Coast wines by varietal. The HEADWATERS was one of seventeen Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot wines included. In honoring the 2009 HEADWATERS, they wrote:
“This project from Brooks Painter (V. Sattui) and industry vet Gary Lipp shows the beauty of Coombsville – in this case Cabernet with some fleshy Merlot and Petit Verdot – at a sensible price. Wet stones, violet, blackcurrant and chicory all lend to amazing complexity, and innate savory energy keeps you coming back to the glass.”
What really makes this recognition especially nice is that we still have inventory of this delicious wine and that it’s still available at a “sensible price”.
In keeping with our policy of releasing Magnums (1.5Liter bottles) a year or two after the release of the 750ml, this year’s new selections are all from 2008, except for the Michael Black Vineyard (it’s the 2007 as we didn’t make a ’08). We are also including small amounts of previous vintages. In some cases there are only one or two bottles left, so if interested I encourage you to make your purchase soon.
For those of you new to COHO I should also explain our philosophy on producing magnums (the only large format bottles we make). We produce a limited number, between 18-60 1.5L bottles, for each wine we make. We reserve about 1/3 of those to donate to various Charity Auctions/Events. To help raise the maximum donation possible for the charities, we set the price of the wine more than the normal twice the retail price of the 750ml release.
Please note that the wines in our Holiday 2012 Magnum Offer are all net pricing, and don’t combine with our Fall Release Offer selections to be eligible for the case discount of 10%. Also shipping for the Magnum offer is separate.
On behalf of all the COHO partners, Brooks and Beth Painter, and my wife Sheila Barry, I want to thank you all for your continued support of COHO, and to wish you all the joy of the Holiday Season, and a New Year filled with love and lots of good wine.
Gary Lipp


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